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CCFB News» November 2019

Farm Bureau Advocates for Clearer Zoning Regulationsulations

11/02/2019 @ 8:10 am

In partnership with Cook County Zoning Committee Chair Peter Silvestri and his staff, Farm Bureau secured clean-up language to the Cook County Zoning Code regarding the minimum acreage required for the care and keeping of horses by private owners in Cook County.

Under the changes, a single horse is allowed per one acre for private stables.  Private stables are intended for the private use of the owner and would exclude stables operated for “hire.”  Boarding and riding academies are regulated separately.


The amendment further exempts farms from additional regulations concerning maximum number of animals.


Cook County Farm Bureau applauds and appreciates the willingness of Commissioner Silvestri and the County Zoning Committee to listen to Farm Bureau’s concerns and to work towards a compromise.


As the county’s largest general farm organization, Cook County Farm Bureau® is dedicated to bridging the gap between farmers and urban consumers.  Through education programs targeting youth and their parents and programs designed to connect farmers with potential consumers, Farm Bureau members are actively engaging in conversations about food and the shared values between farmers and consumers. 


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